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Bucknell to host Beethoven Festival Jan. 21, 22, 24

All concerts, which are free and open to the public, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building at Bucknell. The festival is sponsored by the Kushell Music Endowment and the Ellen Williams Professorship funds.

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University's Department of Music will host a three-day Beethoven Festival with guest artists as well as Bucknell faculty Colleen Hartung, Barry Hannigan and Sezi Seskir, and Bucknell students Tom Carle, Anissa Corser and Ben Wells.

All concerts, which are free and open to the public, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building at Bucknell. The festival is sponsored by the Kushell Music Endowment and the Ellen Williams Professorship funds.


The schedule includes:


Tuesday, Jan. 21. Piano sonata, Op. 53 "Waldstein" with guest artist Bart van Oort, fortepiano; Piano sonata, Op. 26 with Ben Wells '15, piano; and Piano trio, Op. 11, "Gassenhauer" with Colleen Hartung, clarinet; Johannes Gramsch, cello; and Bart van Oort, piano.


Wednesday, Jan. 22. "Oh wär' ich schon mit Dir vereint" from Fidelio with Anissa Corser '14, soprano, and Sezi Seskir, fortepiano; Sonata for piano and violin, op. 24,"Spring" with Emily Dupere, violin, and Bart van Oort, fortepiano; An die ferne Geliebte, op. 98, with Tom Carle '14, tenor, and Sezi Seskir, fortepiano; and Cello sonata, Op. 102, op. 4, with Johannes Gramsch, cello, and Sezi Seskir, piano.


Friday, Jan. 24. Piano sonata in E-major, Op. 109, with Malcolm Bilson, fortepiano; Cello sonata in G-minor, Op. 5, No.2, with Johannes Gramsch, cello and Barry Hannigan, piano; and Sonata for piano and violin in A-minor, Op. 23, with Emily Dupere, violin, and Malcolm Bilson, fortepiano.


Guest artist bios

Malcolm Bilson began his pioneering activity in the early 1970s as a performer of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert on late 18th- and early 19th-century pianos. Since then he has proven to be a key contributor to the restoration of the fortepiano to the concert stage and to fresh recordings of the "mainstream" repertory by recording the three most important complete cycles of works for piano by Mozart. A member of the Cornell Music Faculty since 1968, he is also Adjunct Professor at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., and the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, Hungary. Bilson is a member of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences, has an honorary doctorate from Bard College and is the recipient of the 2006 James Smithson Bicentennial Medal. 


Emily Dupere was born in Perth, Australia, and studied violin under Paul Wright at the University of Western Australia. She graduated with first class honors and was awarded the Lady Callaway Medal for the most outstanding graduate. She continued studying baroque violin at The Royal Conservatoire in The Hague with Ryo Terakado, Kati Debretzeni and Walter Reiter. Dupere has performed with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Australian Classical Era Orchestra, as an Emerging Artist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and with the award-winning Sartory String quartet. In Europe she has performed with The Wallfisch Band, Les Passions de l’âme, Les Inventions, Haagsche Hofmuziek, Collegium Musicum Den Haag, The English Baroque Soloists, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique and Bach Collegium Japan. She has appeared as soloist with the St Cecilia Baroque Orchestra and the Arizona Bach Festival Orchestra.


Johannes Gramsch studied with Georg Faust (Principal of the Berlin Philharmonic) and with Maria Tchaikovskaja at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory and studied conducting with Maestro Frank Shipway. He has been Principal of the Flemish Radio Orchestra, the European Chamber Orchestra, the Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra and of the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra (OSESP). As a soloist he performed with the Belgian Radio Orchestra, the Duisburger Kammerakademie, the European Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Berlin, the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra, the Thessaloniki Radio Orchestra, the Vitoria Philharmonic a.o.  and participated at international festivals. Gramsch plays on an instrument made by Frederic Chaudiere, Montpellier.


Bart van Oort completed his modern piano degree at the Royal Conservatory at The Hague in 1983 and studied fortepiano with Stanley Hoogland. In 1986 he won the first prize and the special Audience prize at the Mozart Fortepiano Competition in Brugges, Belgium, before studying with Malcolm Bilson at Cornell University, receiving a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Historical Performance Practice in 1993. He has given lectures and masterclasses and performed all over the world including New York, Nebraska, Michigan, New Zealand, Australia, Norway, Salzburg, Italy, Kiev and Hong Kong. Van Oort teaches fortepiano and is a lecturer in Historical Performance Practice at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.

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